Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Drives a Strong First Half of the Year for Capcom

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne shipped 2.8 million units in its first month on the market, helping drive solid profits for Capcom.

In a recent report from Capcom, the Japanese company revealed that it is riding a Monster Hunter World: Iceborne-shaped wave to strong 2019 profits. The massive expansion pack has shipped 2.8 million units from its September 6 release and September 30 (Q2’s closing date). This coincides with the base game eclipsing the 14 million mark in total units sold.

Of course, Monster Hunter isn’t the only franchise that has helped Capcom to a solid start to the year. Both Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5 also had critical and commercial success. However, Iceborne has been the main driver of profits.

Interestingly, the overall increase in profits came with a year-over-year fall in net sales. Konami attributes the change to their efforts to “shift from physical package sales to digital sales”. Considering the main force behind the increase in profits is an expansion to a popular game, this makes quite a bit of sense. Either way, things are looking good at Capcom in 2019.

The success of properties like the Resident Evil 2 remake has also opened the remake door for other dormant IPs. Capcom stated earlier this month that they were looking into bringing forward more games. So, if this recent success finally gets us the Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake I’ve been waiting for, then I’ll be a very happy gamer.

Regardless of their next steps, it’s clear that Capcom is back as one of the premier developers/publishers in the industry. There were some lean years earlier in this generation. However, the former industry giant seems to have their legs back under them.

If you want to see what Capcom has been up to this year, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is out now on PS4 and Xbox One. The expansion is coming early next year on PC. The excellent Resident Evil 2 is also available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, along with Devil May Cry 5.

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